| Apr 6, 2015
| 9:31 AM
As Andy Gardiner and his wife, Camille, drove home from the Orlando hospital with their newborn son 11 years ago, in shock at having just learned he had Down syndrome, they made a decision that reverberates in the Florida Legislature today.
| Apr 4, 2015
| 12:14 PM
There is a war raging in Tallahassee.
It is not, however, between Republicans and Democrats.
It is between Republicans and other Republicans.
Between the practical and the ideologues.
Between the solutionists and the obstructionists.
| Apr 3, 2015
| 7:38 AM
TALLAHASSEE — Responding to the ongoing backlash about Florida's standardized testing, the Florida Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping bill that would place limits on the use of tests in the state's public schools.
The vote followed two days of...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 12:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE – In the most adamant remarks yet from House leaders, Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, said Thursday the chamber “won’t dance” with the Senate on Medicaid expansion.
“We’re not dancing this...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 2:41 PM
TALLAHASSEE – New funding, service and education options for disabled students and their parents took a major step forward Wednesday as the Senate passed a batch of bills to expand scholarships and offer higher learning programs.
The bills all...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 2:40 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Amid growing budget discord that could derail this year's session of the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two top Republican senators to Washington to talk with federal officials about more than $1 billion...
| Mar 29, 2015
| 9:10 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Nearly halfway through Florida's legislative session, consensus remains elusive on nearly every major issue: health care, conservation, school testing, the budget and tax cuts.
The only substantive bill that has been passed so far...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 11:01 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- After sometimes-emotional discussion, the Florida Senate went on the record Tuesday opposing President Obama's decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Senators approved in a voice vote what is known as a "memorial" (SM 866),...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Why would House Republicans let their opposition to Obamacare stop them from doing what's best for Florida?
State senators took another big step toward expanding health coverage to 800,000 uninsured Floridians last week, unveiling a budget that builds...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 8:10 AM
In local public-affairs programming this weekend:
Brent Trotter, CEO and president of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, talks to Greg Warmoth on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. Trotter discusses the...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 7:09 AM
The overhaul of the Republican Party of Florida finally has led to an interim staff, though a permanent staff still is in the waiting. Veteran political adviser David Johnson will lead.
Since Blaise Ingoglia won the chairmanship in a surprise move...